Account Executive, Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services
As a highly motivated person, Justice O’Keefe Duhon has successfully made the transition from student to congressional intern to certified public accountant to licensed insurance producer. Currently, she is account executive, producer with Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services in Hattiesburg.
“I am able to use my analytical skills and financial background as an auditor/CPA in my current position as an employee benefits consultant in analyzing cost strategies and establishing long-term benefits programs for my clients,” she said. “Additionally, our team helps employers navigate complicated state and federal legislation, particularly the fluid, complicated regulations of healthcare reform.”
Duhon’s responsibilities include: designing and implementing employer-provided healthcare group benefit programs; providing employers insurance expertise to navigate the complex healthcare market; implementing health promotion and wellness programs for employees; bringing added value to employers by identifying options to mitigate rising costs; and, assisting in the implementation of various regulations as they relate to healthcare reform.
Prior to her current position, she was a senior associate in health care services with HORNE LLP and was an associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
John C. Kirchner, who worked with Duhon at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said, “From the time of her first interview through her years of service to her clients and the surrounding community, Justice can most accurately be described as a Wonder Woman.
“She displays an unyielding desire to work hard and to always do the right thing despite the personal sacrifices of which there are many.”
Duhon considers her early promotion to senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers as one of her most satisfying career achievements to date. “There were many associates who were considered for promotion in that year, but only a few were selected,” she recalls.
In other professional achievements, she worked closely with another employee benefits producer and together brought in significantly high revenue accounts. “We consistently performed at higher than expected levels and have been recognized on various occasions for doing so,” she said. “Additionally, we have been innovative in developing prospecting material and ways to improve our agency’s processes on various levels.”
Licensed by the state as a life, accident and health resident insurance producer and a certified public accountant, Duhon earned a B.S. in business administration at the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s of accountancy at the University of Mississippi and participated in a study abroad program in England.
She served as a summer intern for Congressman Gene Taylor who has known her and her family many years. “Justice’s family certainly has instilled in her the value of community service,” he said. “When she served as an intern in my Washington office, she earned the coveted distinction of Golden Intern, which is given to the most outstanding intern for the summer.”
Joseph S. Paul, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi, said, “Justice can be described as a dynamic-outcome oriented achiever. She has tremendous intellect, drive and tenacity.”
While at Southern Mississippi, Duhon won the Kappa Delta Outstanding Freshman Memorial Award, Kappa Delta Award for GPA of the Year, homecoming queen and selection to the university’s Hall of Fame.
She enjoys being a member of the Krewe of Athena on the Coast, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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